Marie Whitemarsh
Marie joins our tutoring team from central Wisconsin. Marie has received training in the Orton-Gillingham method of reading and phonics, and hopes to continue to work toward certification as a reading specialist. She is a mother to 6 and a grandmother to 3, and has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Not only has she been involved in social work, but has a background in education through her work as a special education teacher's aide. Through the experience of homeschooling her children for seven years, Marie discovered her love of teaching, and especially the joy of teaching them how to read and learn on their own.
 
Here's some of her story:

"I had a couple of children who struggled with reading. One of my sons was dyslexic and went through vision therapy. He recently took his ACT test and in the reading portion he scored a 35. He has come a long way from his kindergarten days of struggling in reading to where he is now as a junior in high school. I also had a child who had a learning disability that was unspecified. I spent many hours working with him teaching him to read. His neuropsychologist said that it was the one on one teaching that he had that was instrumental in him being able to get as far as he did in learning.

I know what it is like to be the parent of a child who struggles academically. As my children grow into adulthood, I have found that my passion for being part of the education system has been used in the public school system and most recently as being part of Laura Kulp’s tutoring team. I am honored to be a part of her team and to be able to work with youth one on one to help them with their reading."